Charlotte, NC

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Charlotte, NC

How Happy Are Charlotte's Homeowners?

Charlotte, aka the Queen City, is basically synonymous with the business of banking. So, it’s not surprising that increasing home equity would be an important contributor to the happiness of the city’s homeowners. And it’s also not surprising that Charlotteans would focus on a mix of practical and prettification projects to build their happiest homes. With features like air conditioning, hardwood flooring and updated fixtures in place, Charlotte’s homeowners can focus on enhancement projects like marble countertops, new paint, and organized storage spaces. And, with home equity soaring in the Queen City, Charlotteans will have the financial means to pay for the projects that will make them happier.

Charlotte's homeowners told us about the completed home projects that have brought them the most joy - and about the projects they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Painted interior room/area
  • Planted a garden/landscaping
  • Replaced/refinished flooring
  • Remodeled the kitchen
  • Built a patio/deck/porch/sun room

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Remodel the kitchen
  • Build a patio/deck/porch/sun room
  • Remodel a bathroom
  • Replace/refinish flooring
  • Replace/add windows

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Happiest Home Features

Charlotte's homeowners told us about the home features that have brought them the most joy - and about the features they desire that will make them even happier. When projects overlap, it means they make homeowners happy whether they're enjoying them now or aspiring to enjoy them later.

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Central air conditioning
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Lots of natural light
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Freshly painted interior

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Up-to-date kitchen
  • Marble or quartz countertops
  • New windows
  • Organized closet/storage space

Top Completed ProjectsAlready Making Homeowners Happy

  • Patio or deck
  • Attached garage
  • Trees
  • Front porch
  • Fence

Top Projects That WouldMake Homeowners Happier

  • Professional landscaping
  • Fence
  • Solar energy roofing features
  • Built-in outdoor barbecue
  • Outdoor lighting

It's not just projects and features that make Charlotte's homeowners happy, but also factors such as equity, community and accessibility.

What Makes
Homeowners Happy?

  • Reasonable cost of living
  • Rising home values & equity
  • Easy access to highways
  • Reasonable property & school taxes
  • Good local services & utilities

Overall Home
Happiness

90%

of homeowners consider themselves at least somewhat happy with their homes.

Impact of Home
Equity on Happiness

To Be Happier In My Home
I'd Like To...

57%

of homeowners say they would be happier if they could remodel or add on to their homes.

The results of our Homeowner Happiness Survey suggest that these characteristics describe the average Charlotte home:

  • Homeowners have:3.4 bedrooms

  • Homeowners have:2.5 bathrooms

  • Average time living in home:10 years

  • Average square footage:2,200

  • Age of home:24 years

  • Avg. home price (Feb. '18):220,000Powered by Redfin

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